I have succesfully made my first ever batch of marmalade! It did have to be boiled up twice, with extra lemons added the second time to give it some solidity (thanks Jo). Sunny did ask something like ‘what the hell is that?’ as I was spreading it on my bread with peanut butter, and I must admit it isn’t the best looking stuff ever. It seems to have gone all cloudy, partly due to the extra lemons, which were put in the blender.

But never mind, the taste is excellent, the key may be soaking the fruit in water overnight first before boiling it up. Aparrently this gives it the slightly bitter taste, which is lovely. Next time I’ll look into getting seville oranges or something, rather than the month old ones that were going to be chucked out if I didn’t cook them. I’ve put Jo’s recipe, which I used, below:

Seville marmalade

3 seville oranges = 3.5 lb
1.5 pint water (900ml)
2 lb sugar (500g)
half pint lemon juice (300ml)

Cut oranges in half and take out pips (soak pips in 1/2 pint water).
Slice oranges and put in 1 pint water and soak for 24 hours (this gives it the bitter taste).

The next day take sliced oranges in their water with lemon juice and water strained from the pips and boil in pressure cooker for 15 minutes. Then take lid off pressure cooker and add sugar. Boil till set (ie. if you take some out and leave it on a spoon it should set).

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